The new, temporary head of Department of Veterans Affairs is someone who has been at the agency for only three months former USO president Sloan Gibson. The Senate confirmed his appointment at deputy secretary at the VA on Feb. 11.
New temporary VA chief worked in Charlotte
Obama named him as a temporary replacement for Eric Shinseki, whose resignation in the face of a wait-time scandal the president accepted Friday.
In remarks to Congress during his approval process in January, Gibson said: VA exists to serve Veterans. I believe, and it is clear to me that the secretary and VA senior leaders believe, VA's success is defined by Veterans and measured in terms of individual Veteran outcomes.
Sloan boosted funding raising at the United Service Organization by 90% during his five years there. The USO provides support programs for deployed U.S. troops, their families and survivors of those who have died in uniform, according to VA.
The product of a family with a long service in the military, including a father who tail gunner aboard a B-17 during World War II and a grandfather of an infantryman who fought in World War I, Gibson is a graduate of United States Academy at West Point and has served as infantry officer.
He earned a master's degree in economics from the University of Missouri and a master's in public administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Before joining the USO, he spent two decades in banking, retiring from AmSouth Bancorporation, a company trading on the New York Stock Exchange.
According to the va.gov bio, Gibson worked in banking in Charlotte for more than 20 years.
He is married with two adult daughters.
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